A professional dancer who once appeared on the reality TV show “Dance Moms” was recently arrested for sexual abuse involving minors, authorities say.
Kevin Cosculluela, 25, was arrested in Orange County, Florida on Jan. 12, according to an arrest warrant from the Orange County Sheriff's Office obtained by Oxygen.com. He was initially charged with two counts of sexual battery of a minor between the ages of 12 and 18, with the alleged sexual assaults having taken place some time between Dec. 2, 2020 and Dec. 11, 2020, court records state. He also faces multiple charges involving the alleged solicitation of minors using a computer, as well as a felony charge of lewd conduct and engaging in sexual activity with a minor who is 16 or 17 years old.
Cosculluela targeted two teen girls who were his students at Peaches Dance and Music in Orlando, authorities allege in an affidavit obtained by Oxygen.com. He allegedly began having private, inappropriate conversations with each girl over text message and Snapchat and solicited nude photos from them. He also had each girl visit him at his apartment separately and coerced one victim into performing oral sex on him on two occasions, authorities allege. He's accused of molesting the second victim during dance class, and on a separate occasion when they were alone at his apartment.
The two teens both said they kept quiet about what was happening because they feared losing Cosculluela as a dance teacher. One teen said that Cosculluela was “influential” and “famous.”
"She explained that Kevin is a 'celebrity' dancer and was on a television show called Dance Moms, and Broadway," the interviewing detective wrote.
One teen said that the way he treated her changed after they began interacting outside of classes; Cosculluela would get angry and could be “scary” if she didn’t do what he wanted, she said. He would yell at her, threaten to take away her dance opportunities, and ignore her until she relented.
In an interview with detectives, the owner of the dance studio said that Cosculluela was fired after he heard about him having inappropriate interactions with students, police documents state. He said that he did not know what exactly those messages or photos consisted of, and that he did not personally witness any inappropriate behavior between Cosculluela and the students. The father of one of the victims told police that he was informed about Cosculluela had been fired due to inappropriate behavior, but he was not told what exactly that behavior was.
Cosculluela appeared on Lifetime’s “Dance Moms” during the series’ third season, and has also appeared on “America’s Got Talent,” according to the “Dance Moms” Wiki.
He has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to stand trial in May, online court records state.
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